Oct. 31, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University women’s volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season, dropping a 3-0 (25-13-25-16, 25-18) decision to the defending national champion Nittany Lions of #6 Penn State (22-3, 10-2). The 17th-ranked Buckeyes move to 16-8 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten action.
Valeria León dug up a team-high 10 balls serving as the libero through the first two sets before giving way to Luisa Schirmer to don the off-color libero jersey for the third frame. León has now delivered double-digit dig totals in all matches but six this season.
Taylor Sandbothe and Erin Sekinger paced the team with a half dozen kills apiece, followed closely by five terminations from both Elizabeth Campbell and Katie Mitchell. Sandbothe added on three blocks as well.
Penn State stuffed five OSU attack attempts in the opening set, jamming up the Buckeye offense to a negative hitting efficiency. The Buckeyes remained within striking distance at 16-13, however, before a 9-0 run from Penn State sealed the deal, 25-13.
Sekinger provided a spark in the second stanza, finding hardwood on four of seven errorless attacks. Setter Taylor Sherwin also connected with Campbell for three put-aways and a total of 11 assists in the set. A kill from Schirmer gave Ohio State the 5-4 edge early on. Penn State responded by taking seven of the next 10 tallies though, pulling ahead for good at 12-6 en route to a 25-16 triumph.
It was another long Nittany Lion run that doomed Ohio State in set number three. Closing in at 15-12, the Buckeyes fell victim to a seven-point spurt which proved too steep to overcome. Penn State went on to clinch the match, 25-18.
Ohio State looks to get back to its winning ways next weekend, welcoming in the Big Ten’s newest members Maryland (Nov. 7) and Rutgers (Nov. 8). Both conference clashes are set to start at 7 p.m. ET inside of St. John Arena.